SIGN's Walk-In Counselling offers free counselling services to all individuals, couples and families to help address their concerns.
Clients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No referral or scheduled appointment is needed.
The focus of the session is determined by the client’s needs and utilizes a strengths-based therapeutic approach. The session may be a single session, or can provide an entry point into ongoing fee-for-service counselling for an individual who may benefit from further support.
Walk-In Counselling can provide a referral to connect individuals to appropriate community services, and can be accessed as needed over time.
It is a free, immediate and accessible form of brief counselling. People can drop in for free services without an appointment, similar to the medical walk-in clinics. The services are provided by qualified counsellors, who also help people to connect to the community and health services they may need.
SIGN was one of five participants in a two-year pilot project conducted by Family Service Saskatchewan to study walk-in counselling. Evaluation of the project shows that when people have access to immediate services, they can begin to feel better in just one session.
A majority of people arriving at walk-in counselling were in distress and needed services immediately, and 71 per cent of participants required only one session with a counsellor. Two-thirds of those seeking counselling indicated they had nowhere else to turn.
An increase in provincial government funding for mental health walk-in counselling has allowed SIGN to expand that service to five days a week and add the second location at the Yorkton Public Library.
SIGN had been providing the free counselling service two days per week since February 2018, primarily through its self-generated funding sources. The province announced in its budget in March that it has allocated $1.2 million for 11 agencies to provide walk-in counselling in 18 new communities across the province, and expanded services in the five communities that took part in the pilot project.
Please note that hours are subject to change. If there is no answer, leave a message and a counsellor will get back to you as quickly as possible.
Again this year, World Mental Health Day was observed in Yorkton in support of SIGN's Walk-in Counselling Clinic, sponsored by The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy on Saturday, Oct. 10.
This year, because of Covid-19, the day was observed virtually. In previous years we have walked for mental health. On Oct. 10 people walked or took part any other way to practice self-care, and posted a photo of their activity on social media.
The Medicine Shoppe made a donation of $500 to the SIGN Walk-in Counselling Clinic.
Podcasts and videos about mental health strategies and resources are posted below.
Strategies for Seniors
Society for the Involvement of Good Neighbours
83 North St. Yorkton SK S3N 0G9 | Tel 306-783-9409 | Fax 306-786-7116